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smites me so powerfully at this moment, that, ere I put my head on my pillow this night, I at once determined to address you, and to enclose you a five-pound note, being a subscription of ll. per annum for the five years of the Mission's existence, and, by the blessing and will of God, I will continue my subscription so long as I am able. I
pray that mine may not be the only stricken conscience by your appeal, but that God will open the hearts and
many, whose means are more abundant than my own, to assist in this glorious work, as I am convinced there are many like myself who might assist pecuniarily, whose time, being fully occupied, precludes them doing anything else.
I am, my dear Sir,
Yours, with Christian esteem, Rev. R. Ainslie.
Savoy, Nov. 6, 1840. MY ESTEEMED CHRISTIAN Friends,—I was deeply affected by reading, in the October number of the “ Evangelical Magazine,” the appeal made therein on behalf of the thousands and tens of thousands of the inhabitants of the British metropolis and its immediate vicinity, who are still in a state of spiritual destitution, fainting, and being scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Though the Gospel be so near at hand, yet, as they will not seek it themselves, it must be brought to their very doors and houses. Allow me, therefore, the privilege of contributing my mite in aid of the benevolent exertions of the City Mission. May God bless every sincere endeavour, by whomsoever made, to diffuse the saving knowledge of the Gospel, and to win souls for Christ.
C. T. A. STEINKOPFF. To the Secretaries of the London City Mission.
P.S. Repeat similar appeals, and add the places where subscriptions and donations are received. *
REPORT OF THE BRICK-LANE DISTRICT, ST. LUKE'S, READ AT THE SCOTCH CHURCH, ISLINGTON, OCTOBER 21, 1840,
BY JOSEPH HUGO, MISSIONARY. I COMMENCED my labours, in connexion with this Association January 30, 1838. I have held 509 meetings (the average number of persons attending, twenty). I have paid 7,820 visits; 4,217 of
By any of the office-bearers, and at 20, Red Lion-square.- ED.
them have been to the sick and dying. I have made 3,313 calls, have read the Scriptures in 1,403 instances, and engaged in prayer with the people upon 1,414 occasions. 183 persons have been induced to attend public worship; about 230 children have been sent to schools ; 14,596 tracts have been distributed upon the district, also 77 copies of the Scripture (besides a number of old ones supplied by a gentleman); and eleven persons have become members of Christian churches. To nine of these your Missionary trusts his labours were blessed in their conversion to God.
I have mentioned the circumstances connected with several, therefore it is only necessary for me to mention the leading features of each case, with some others of an interesting nature.
When I first visited Mrs. she was a stranger to experimental religion. Her own words at a subsequent visit will serve to show the result of the visits paid her. She said, “I knew nothing of the happiness of true religion until visited by you. I at first thought it strange that you should make inquiries about my spiritual welfare, especially after I told you that I sometimes went to church. I now feel thankful that you dealt faithfully with me. I bless God that he has revealed himself to me, and that I can now trust in the merits of Christ alone for salvation. My husband has attended the house of God since you first visited him.”
Mrs. -_- professes to have experienced a spiritual change, at the advanced age of ninety, through the instrumentality of your Missionary. She is now joyfully anticipating the period when Mortality will be swallowed up of life.”
Mr. and Mrs. who resided at 24, when first visited by your Missionary, were living “ without God in the world.” After I had visited them some time, they attended my meetings, became convinced of their state before God, and, as penitent sinners, fled to God through Christ, and became members of Christian Churches. Mrs.
-, living at , stated, when I first visited her, that she had not attended a place of worship for some years. subsequent visit she manifested a deep concern for her spiritual welfare, and expressed a hope that she should“ one day experience the happiness which religion affords to all those who possess it.” She attended my meetings, and the more public
grace, sent her children to Sabbath-school, betook herself to prayer, and, upon one occasion, said, “ Notwithstanding all my trials and afflictions, I enjoy a peace and satisfaction I never before experienced. I trust I am able to view my trials as well ordered. by him who sees and knows what is best for me.”
I found Mrs. , living at ignorant of her spiritual condition. By the visits of your Missionary she was induced to attend his meetings, and gave evidence of sincere convictions of sin, acknowledging herself a “ sinner undone without an interest in Christ,” and on whose merits she was ultimately led to rely for
salvation. I am happy to say that (notwithstanding the persecution she meets with from her husband and other branches of the family), she has, for the last two years, been a consistent member of a Christian Church, and is (according to the acknowledgement of her persecutors) an ornament to her profession.
I found and his wife, at - very ignorant of spiritual things, especially the husband, who stated that he had not been to the house of God for five years. They were induced to attend my meetings, and I rejoice to say that my labours have been the means of their participating in the blessings of salvation. rejoicing in a clear sense of his acceptance with God. They very gratefully acknowledge that your Missionary has been the instrument of their conversion to God.
A young woman, named regularly attended my meetings at Philip-lane, London-wall, from the commencement of my
labours there; also at Noble-street, on Sunday evening. Her own relation of her conversion to God, through the instrumentality of your Missionary, is truly interesting. She now manifests her gratitude by collecting for the Mission, and is an attentive teacher in our Sunday-school.
On visiting Robert I found him in a very unhappy state of mind; roving from place to place, he became so perplexed, that (using his own words) he despaired of ever coming to a knowledge of the truth. I determined to pay special attention to him. The result was, he made the Bible his chief study, attended my meetings on the week evenings, and the Tabernacle on Sunday ; went to the throne of grace for instruction, and, through the Divine blessing, is now a member of a Christian Church. After visiting Mrs. (now of
-) for some time, I supplied her with a Testament from the Mission stock, and prevailed upon her to attend my meetings and to send her children to Sabbath-school, At the conclusion of one of my meetings, she said, “I never felt myself such a sinner as I do now.' From her anxious inquiries, constant attendance upon my meetings, and the great anxiety she manifested for the spiritual welfare of her husband (who, she states, never attended a place of worship more than twice to her knowledge), I have every reason to conclude favourably of her state. I am happy to add, that her husband has regularly attended the meeting on Sabbath evening for several months past, and occasionally on the week evenings. His wife states, that “ there is a very great alteration in his conduct; that he now shuns the company of those with whom he used to take delight in drinking and breaking the Sabbath."
When I first visited a family, named at -, they were regardless of the Sabbath, the house of God, and everything of a spiritual kind; stated “they had no clothes to appear in a place of worship, and were compelled to serve on the Sabbath to procure
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food for the children.” The result of my visits was, that the children were sent to Sabbath-school, Sunday trading discontinued, and the regular attendance of Mrs.
upon my meetings; which, she said, was “ just the thing for poor people like them, without clothes to appear elsewhere.” After attending for several months, she expressed a desire to be united to the people of God, believing it would be an assistance to her, as she was needing and seeking God's pardoning mercy, through Christ alone. She is now a member of a Christian Church. The husband occasionally attends the meetings.
At the request of a lady, connected with St. Barnabas Church, I visited Mr. -, living near my district. I found him very ill, and ignorant of spiritual things. I continued visiting him until he recovered, when he came to my meeting, accompanied by his wife. They continued to attend, until they were removed into the country, for a home in the workhouse. Mr. stated, that he had no thought about his condition as a sinner until I visited him. “Though I am going to the workhouse (said he), I shall have to bless God for my affliction.” The wife said, you will not forget to pray for us. I shall never forget your kind visits, which have been made a very great blessing to myself and husband. It almost breaks my heart to think I can no longer attend your meeting. I hope I shall be able to look up to God wherever I go.”
When I first visited Mr. and his wife, they were neglecting the means of grace, and were without the Scriptures. I supplied them with an old Bible, and continued visiting them for some time, when they were induced to attend my meetings (not having clothes to go elsewhere). They became very anxious about spiritual things, and determined, by the help of God, to pray for each other. Their anxiety increased as they attended my meetings, and, I have no doubt, is of the operation of the Holy Spirit. They are earnestly seeking salvation through the atonement: “For (say they) we see clearly that we have no right to salvation but through the death of Christ.”
An unfortunate female has been rescued from the path of vice. At the request of one of the general superintendents, I visited her at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, until she recovered, when I obtained an admittance for her into an asylum. After six months she returned home to her disconsolate parents, on whom I have since called, and was told that their daughter was now a comfort to them.
I rejoice in having to state, that the Sabbath-school, which was commenced in the Meeting-room in Noble-street, Aug. 19, 1838,has met with encouragement from persons of different denominations, and that, in consequence of the increased number of scholars, it has been necessary to take a larger house than that situated
in Noble-street. Upwards of 200 children are now under instruction. On leaving the district I had an opportunity of introducing my successor to the teachers, who were all assembled at the Schoolhouse, on Sunday afternoon, the 4th ult.
TWO SCENES IN ONE HOUSE.
Ar No. 36, in a back attic, I found an aged Irish woman, a Roman Catholic. On my entering the room she was very distant in her manners, and short in her answers; but, by degrees, became more communicative. “What do you want with me?” was her first salutation. “Many things," I replied ; " a little conversation, for
will ask me to sit down.” “ You may sit down if you like, but I should think you will find but little to interest you in the conversation of an old Irishwoman, eighty-six years of age.” “ That is one reason why I should like to converse with you, for I'm partial to grey hairs." After some desultory conversation, I said, “ Do you ever pray?" “ Yes, Sir, I am praying nearly all day long." “ What do you pray for?” Why, many of my prayers are for daily bread-sometimes, I fear, too many—but you see my living is so precarious. I sell lucifer-matches about the streets, and sometimes I get very faint and hungry; yet I think God has never quite forsaken me: but I am often troubled for the want of my beads—my memory fails me, and though I always make this finger God the Father (pointing to her fore-finger), and this the Son, and this the Holy Ghost, I am afraid very often I pray more to one than to the other."
“ Have you a Bible or Testament?" I inquired. “No, Sir, I have no religious book at all.” “ Should you not like to read one ? ”. “ Yes, I should indeed.” “ You know it is so much better to go to the fountain than the stream ?” “ Yes, it is, Sir.” “ Do you ever remember to have heard this passage of Scripture~ Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God is one Lord ?'” “ No, Sir.” I then explained to her the nature of spiritual worship as offered to the one Jehovahthe Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. “ Merciful God!” she exclaimed, “what a load of trouble you have saved me!”
After some further conversation on the nature of prayer, and the many promises God had made to answer prayer, she then asked me if I would pray for her, which, of course, I cheerfully complied with. There is often an air of sincerity and earnestness in the manner of persons which a Missionary finds much difficulty in reporting, as it consists more in manner than in words. Such was the case with this poor woman. Mr. Weston has kindly called and supplied this poor woman with a Testament and Psalter. I have much pleasure in adding that it is constantly read.